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Potentially a great asset to undergraduate education, if the given house doesn't let itself slide into unchecked debauchery (not that a little debauchery is all bad, mind you).


Provided life long social associations and business contacts. Provided instant consistent "home" location for my out-of-town status. Upper classmen provided much needed support for my academic success. Songfest competitions ('57-'61) were a rich memory. Sorority/fraternity mixers, while forced, were very meaningful.


Really enjoyed the experience. Felt that my leadership positions in the house prepared me well for work after graduating. Working on teams and driving towards common goals. I think people often minimize the work that goes on by the students to maintaining some semblance of order in a house with 100 people living in it.


Rushing at UW and joining my house was the best decision I could have made at the age of 18. I often look back at those years as the best of the best. This was an overwhelmingly positive experience not just for me but for the 32 girls in my pledge class as well!


Some of my best friends came from my pledge class. I was completely involved during my entire 4 year experience at the UW: social freshman chair, parent's chairman, and then served as the rush chairman for two years. Networking possibilities are endless as well. After graduation I also served on the Board of Trustees!


Some of the UW's strongest supporters and best contributors were fraternity/sorority members. There's a lot good about them but the drinking/partying got out of hand in the 1980s and 1990s. Now they're starting to return to their strengths—bonding w/ others and scholarship. My fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, is now totally dry. We are all better for it. Quality of members is up, the house is in better shape and insurance rates are down. It's a shame that the UW took a hands-off policy, saying they were outside of its jurisdiction, and that contributed to the problem. You know you had leverage you could have used but refused, mainly due to your Dean of Students.


Sometimes seen as cliquey and pompous, but friends in Greek system loved the experience and opportunities it presented.


Students should be encouraged to join the Greek system. It is a great opportunity to make friends, develop social skills, and build lasting relationships (personal and professional).


Talk about diversity and personal education. It's a unique learning experience to live in the same house with dozens of others from different ethnic, socioeconomic, geographical, and family backgrounds and with an enormous range of differing ideas and attitudes . I found it to be just as valuable as my classroom education at UW.


The amount of time and money invested into the individual philanthropy of each house is amazing. If UW is really interested in what their students are doing in the Greek system, it would be worth your while to calculate how much these students raise, perhaps even the number of hours these young men and women put into their community with respect to philanthropies, etc.. I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised.


The best experience ever. I would not have enjoyed college, or grown to the confident, successful individual I am today had I not been surrounded by the people I met and grew with. Not only friendships, but professional relationships and role models.


The connections that I made in the greek system have given me the opportunity to break into a higher socioeconomic status than I would have otherwise been able to attain. Furthermore it has provided a platform for me to build relationships that will last throughout my entire life. I would recommend it to every incoming freshman.


The Delta Zeta sorority provided the best environment anyone needed, especially for one like me who was a foreign student. Almost every girl and the housemother became an instant member of a tightly knit family. Their support, nurture and affection remains a major part of my life even after fifty years. I do thank them from the bottom of my heart. I suspect the other sororities fare as well. So I would recommend any incoming freshman to experience the love that is offered at a sorority.


The experience that the Greek System at the University of Washington gave me was nothing but positive.


The fraternity offered an immediate circle of friends and provided stability in the transition to college. Structured study hours as a pledge helped establish academic success. And of course the social functions developed skills still used today. The UW has one of the few classic Greek systems and affords its members with an unbeatable physical living environment close to campus.


The fraternity produced lifetime friends and gave me a sense of belonging while at the U of W.


The Greek community is about growth in the area of personal and group relationships. The quality and the satisfaction of life that an individual experiences is directly related to how they interact and relate to other human beings around them. The Greek community fosters close relationships forged by common experiences that are unique and distinct from other student groups.


The greek system at any university offers young men and women an opportunity (on a smaller scale) to become leaders, learn about team management and responsibilities to the many. This is an environment that a university dorm cannot offer. I did not choose to go greek until my sophomore year—but as I look back, I realized the greek system offered so much more than just the academics of a university. Can you tell I am a cheerleader for the greek system?


The Greek system at the University of Washington produces many of the area's future business and professional leaders, yet most mainstream stories that appear in the Times or P-I only perpetuate the public perception that the men and women are only concerned about the next party. The Greek system is one part that makes the University of Washington a great place to obtain your degree.


The Greek system at the UW seemed to be too focused on its powers of exclusion, rather than focusing on being an asset to the school.


The Greek System is more than a place to live while at the UW. It is a community, an opportunity and has a positive impact on those that are involved. It has helped and benefited many in their careers post-college and builds lifelong friendships.


The Greek System isn't a good fit for every student, however my impression is that nearly all of my classmates would highly recommend the decision (to join a fraternity) based on their individual experience. In addition to the social opportunities, the fraternity I joined had a significant percentage of members achieving great things in the classroom and actively participating in campus organizations and/or athletics. There are a few/handful of houses that tend not to foster such a good living environment and college experience, however these shouldn't overshadow the overall positive impact of the Greek System. I'll add that many of my classmates have remained involved and committed to UW (both financially and otherwise) since graduation.


The Greek system made my UW experience incredible! The social activities and leadership opportunities that the sorority offered made transition into "real life" simple. The connections I made in the sorority, be it with my peers or alumnae, opened doors for me in the work force that would not have been possible otherwise.


The Greek system made the University of Washington a much smaller campus and gave me an instant group of 3,000+ friends (even if it did take me 4 years to meet most of them). The jobs that I've had have all been through contacts that were made in the Greek System. I will encourage my son or daughter to look into Greek life at the UW (which is where they will be going).


The Greek system offers an instant community during that first step of being away from home. I experienced a great balance between education, structure, community, and fun. You get what you put into it.


The Greek system played a very positive role in my college experience at UW. I came to the university from out of state and did not know anyone. I met a group of girls that are still my closest friends. The sorority also helped me gain leadership experience (I was treasurer and President), gave me scholarships and provided a network that will always be there to help me with my future endeavors. I would recommend this to everyone.


The greek system prepares students for the real world by promoting philanthropy as well as strong interpersonal and team-building skills. I spent the first two years outside of the greek system. In viewing both sides, I can say that many of the things that have assisted me in my career were learned as part of the sorority environment.